Athlete of the Week: Jack Tidball
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Tunkhannock Area’s Jack Tidball paced the Tigers and finished second overall with a time of 17:02 in a meet at Lake-Lehman.
Tidball has paced the Tigers in several meets this season, and has helped lead Tunkhannock’s boys’ cross country team to an undefeated record.
For his accomplishments, Tidball has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown: Junior, 16, Lake Carey.
Family: John, father; Elizabeth, mother; Ben, 13, and Davis, 12, brothers.
Athletes I admire:
Steve Prefontaine, Ben Robinson (Lock Haven), Tom Damiani (Penn State), and coach Randy White.
Favorite Movie: “I get out and run more than I watch movies.”
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
One word to describe me: Determined
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: Steve Prefontaine, last year’s (2012-2013) and this year’s Tunkhannock cross country teams, and the Oregon Project runners.
Biggest Role Model: “My dad because he’s very involved with my running and he encourages me and drives me to do better.”
Post-graduation plans: “NC State or Penn State are two main colleges I’m looking at. I’d also like to run in college.”
Superstitions or rituals: “As a team we say a prayer before each meet and we’re always running for God’s glory.”
What is your main goal for this season?
“I’d like to place the best I can at states and districts and eventually place the best possible at the Foot Locker regionals. Hopefully my times will be up there.”
What are some of the things that you worked on in the offseason to make you a better runner than last year?
“This year I had a much better layout on the way I planned my summer. My mileage was more consistent and I was doing more consistent workouts and improving each time. I also did tempo runs when you hold a steady pace over a period of time. Mileage was definitely the biggest thing.
Did you run with anyone else?
“In the summer it was with Ben Robinson, Tom Damiani, Reece Ayers (High Point), Justin Clark (Keystone), Alex Nole (Lock Haven) and teammates Carson Ayers and Jacob Toczko. Those guys really helped and encouraged me over the offseason.”
What has helped you to continue to improve your times each race?
“I think guidance and coaching from Coach Randy. He’s really been helping me improve a lot over the course of the season.”
Lake Lehman’s Dominic Hockenbury has finished ahead of you in first place in several meets you’ve been in with him, does he provide you with any motivation?
“Were definitely friends but there’s competition there. We’ll see what happens”